State requirements for 190 visa (2020-21 Year)

The Department has provided the specific number of interim allocated places for each State and Territory for subclasses 190, 491 and the Business Innovation and Investment program, please see below:

State & Territory sc 190 sc 491 & 489 BIIP
ACT 250 45 4
NSW 550 150 200
VIC 600 200 400
QLD 200 200 160
NT 80 80 5
WA 200 40 70
SA 300 600 180
TAS 250 400 5
Total 2430 1715 1024

190 visa is points based and allows skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian state or territory government live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.

Below is a summary of the state requirements for the 190 visa.

Victoria 190 visa criteria

To support Victoria’s economic recovery and health response, there have been new changes to the nomination program. This program will open on 5 January 2021. Victoria will only select applicants who meet the below critirea and are contributing to Victoria’s economic recovery and/or health response.


  • Already be living in Victoria
  • Already be working in Victoria (minimum 6 months employment)
  • Work in a highly skilled occupation in health, medical research or life sciences which supports Victoria’s economic recovery and/or health response.
  • See Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) for further information.

Please see here in more detail.

Australian Capital Territory 190 visa criteria

The Australian government has directed ACT to nominate those who can support the economic recovery post-COVID. As such, you must meet the following criteria before you apply for the nomination:

  • Resided in Canberra for at least 6 months
  • One of the following:
    • Nominated occupation is on the ACT Critical Skills List (January 2021), OR
    • A primary holder of a subclass 457/482 visa sponsored by an ACT employer:
      • You have worked in Canberra for the sponsor for at least 6 months
      • The visa must have a minimum of 12 months validity at time of nomination application.
    • Must be working for an ACT employer in Canberra for at least 6 months (must be paid employment, and for a minimum of 35 hours per week).

You can find the ACT Critical Skills List here.

Please see the ACT nomination criteria in more detail here.

Western Australia 190 visa criteria

WA state nomination program is currently suspended. WA will not be issuing invitations during this period.

Northern Territory 190 visa criteria

The Australian government has not yet allocated NT with nomination quota. As such, no invitation will be issued during this period.

Queensland 190 visa criteria

The standard 491 and 190 program is currently CLOSED and will re-open to onshore applicants on 1 February 2021.

BSMQ will also prioritise businesses which create jobs, OR support COVID recovery industries, OR are located in a regional area.

The 491-SBO (Small Business Owners) pathway is OPEN.

The standard subclass 491 pathway and subclass 190 will not re-open to onshore applicants until 1 February 2021, and new EOIs for the skilled program will not be picked up until this time, so please do not submit an EOI prior to this date.

QLD are unable to process applicants who are s48 barred.

Tasmania 190 visa criteria

Please see here for the latest 190 visa nomination criteria for Tasmania:

South Australia 190 visa criteria

South Australian (SA) Government has recently announced new changes to their nomination process. As you would know, COVID-19 has drastically changed the migration policy for the 2020-21 year. As such, applicants who are in the critical sectors will be prioritised. This year, SA has introduced concessions and waivers for eligible applicants.

UPDATE: State requirements for 190 visa

UPDATE: State requirements for 491 visa

From 8th of February 2021 onwards, skilled migrants meeting the South Australian state nomination requirements and Department of Home Affairs criteria will be able to apply directly for state nomination.

The skilled occupation list for South Australia is also now available for applicants to review their occupation requirements. To access the list, please see here.

The South Australian program is focused on:

  1. Talent and Innovators Program

This program is intended for skilled migrants who can contribute to South Australia’s priority sectors. It is divided into four streams:

  • Employment stream
  • Start-up and small business stream
  • High performing graduate stream
  • Independent talent stream
  1. Currently working in South Australia

This program is accessible for applicants who are:

  • Currently living and working in South Australia
  • Living and working in regional South Australia
  • Living and working in South Australia as a long-term resident
  1. International Graduate of South Australia

Students who complete their studies in South Australia can access additional waivers and concessions. There are various requirements to meet before the applicant can apply for this stream. Some of the requirements include:

  • The course must be CRICOS registered with a minimum of 46 weeks.
  • A minimum of 50 % of the qualification must be completed in South Australia.
  • The applicant must reside in South Australia for at least one year during his/her studies.
  • The applicant must continue to reside in South Australia post-study.
  • For subclass 190 or 491 nominations, the applicant must be working in South Australia in his/her nominated occupation.

Currently, the nomination program is not available to applicants residing offshore or in another state of Australia.

Please see here in more detail.

Select a state below to see it’s 190 visa requirements:

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State and territory requirements

Each state and territory has its own list of occupations, requirements and processes you must follow.

More information about the requirements and processes on how Australian states or territories nominate applicants is available.